PROVO — Thursday night marked the first time the BYU Cougars had ever welcomed the No. 1 team in the country to the Marriott Center.
Despite a valiant effort in the second half, the Cougars fell, 85-75.
Numbers• Gonzaga shot 52 percent in the first half compared to just 32 percent for BYU, and the road team led 42-26 at the break.
• The Cougars cut their deficit to 76-70 with 2:05 remaining but couldn't quite get over the hump.
Records: BYU 16-8; Gonzaga 23-0
Gonzaga: Guard Nigel Williams-Goss led all scorers with 33 points.
Team: T.J. Haws scored 29 points for the Cougars.
BYU: vs. Portland, Saturday, February 4, 7 p.m.
Gonzaga: vs. Santa Clara, Saturday, February 5, 8 p.m.